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Bobby Valentine Fired; Do You Agree With the Call?

The Boston Red Sox fired Valentine after an unsuccessful year at Fenway Park.


The Boston Red Sox have fired manager Bobby Valentine after the team experienced the worst season in decades.

In fact, the 69-93 record was the team’s worst since 1965 and the first time the team has finished last in the American League East in more than a decade.

Valentine’s one season at Fenway Park was full of losses and run-ins with players. Valentine, who led the New York Mets to the World Series in 2000, followed Terry Francona, a fan favorite who was dismissed a year ago after taking the team to two World Series titles.

We want to hear from you: Do you agree with the call? Was Valentine to blame for this year's horrible record? Who or what kind of manager would you like to see at Fenway Park? 

marina peterson October 04, 2012 at 06:21 PM
It was a good call. I believe that the problems started when Francona seemed to lose control of his players (i.e. chicken and beer, pitchers not staying in the dugout during the game to support team, etc.). Bobby Valentine did not have upper management support so he was rendered useless. And for the players (Adrian Gonzales and Dustin Pedroia) to contact the OWNER in New York and ask for a meeting because they did not want to play for Valentine....and to have that request HONORED by the owner.... added fuel to the fire.
Bear401 October 04, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I'm not a baseball fan but from what I've read it seems that the problems are not just with the manager. Though Valentine was a hurried choice. The guy was out of baseball for some time before they settled on him. Gonzalas wasn't a problem but they had to toss him into that deal with the Dodgers to make a deal to get rid of Beckett & Crawford who may not play at all next season. The Sox seem to have a decent core of young talent to build around. They need a no non-sense manager & ownership but they also need baseball players & not head cases.
marina peterson October 04, 2012 at 08:25 PM
You are absolutely right Bear! The whole team just gave up! It's almost impossible for players of that caliber to have such a horrible season! There was just no team spirit. Everyone seemed like they were out for themselves.
Govstench October 06, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Valentine was also the Met's manager for a number of years but never brought in a championship team.
Nard Glimrod October 06, 2012 at 03:01 PM
[Full disclosure: I am a Yankee fan who now lives in New England.] Although it's pretty clear that many could be blamed for the monumental bust that was the Red Sox' season, my blame totem pole would be organized as follows: 1) Players who were traded 2) The other players 3) Injuries 4) Manager 5) Owners 6) Pitching Coach (fired in August) 7) Other coaches 8) The fact that they still play 'Sweet Caroline' Other than keeping the Players as #1, the positions of any of the others could easily be swapped, particularly Manager<->Owners. Please note that I did not put Ben Cherrington on my list. I actually think he pulled off the move of the century by dumping that great steaming load of payroll/clubhouse cancer. If Cherrington signs a serviceable shortstop (thus breaking the sad Theo cycle that started when they didn't re-sign Orlando Cabrera), I as an interested outsider will know that this ship's course has been turned.
Nard Glimrod October 06, 2012 at 03:03 PM
He did, however, bring them to the World Series.

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